Florists feel the pinch this Valentine’s Day

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By Chris Sardelli

For the last few years, Frances Baker has seen a good deal of business at her flower shop. But the declining economy has presented her with a thorny problem – fewer customers.

Baker, owner of The Lily Pad Florist on S.C. 9 Bypass, said she has seen a significant drop in customers as Valentine’s Day edges closer.

Through Wednesday night, she said orders for Valentine’s Day flowers were only about 25 percent of the total ordered during the same time last year. She also said she’s seen far fewer pre-orders compared to last year.

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